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UCLA researchers identify brain cells responsible for keeping us awake Bright light arouses us. Bright light makes it easier to stay awake. Very bright light not only arouses us but is known to have antidepressant effects. Conversely, dark rooms can make us sleepy. It's... (3 Nov 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 3 years 6 weeks ago
Imaging technique IDs plaques, tangles in brains of severely depressed older adults Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the elderly, but little is known about the underlying biology of its development in older adults.      In a small st... (8 Nov 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA Longevity Center 3 years 5 weeks ago
2 million Californians report mental health needs; most receive little or no treatment Nearly 2 million adults in California, about 8 percent of the population, need mental health treatment, but the majority receive no services or inadequate services, despite a state law mandating that... (30 Nov 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 3 years 2 weeks ago
UCLA researchers suggest unconventional approach to control HIV epidemics A new weapon has emerged to prevent HIV infection. Called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, it is a strategy of providing medications to at-risk people before they are exposed to the virus. Having sh... (7 Dec 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Center for Biomedical Modeling 3 years 1 week ago
UCLA CART 4th Annual Autism Symposium UCLA CART 4th Annual Autism Symposium LIMITED SEATING -  REGISTER TODAY -  Friday, February 3, 2012  at UCLA NRB Auditorium   UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (C... (15 Dec 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Center for Autism Research & Treatment, Research at the Semel Institute 3 years 2 days ago
UCLA brain-imaging technique predicts who will suffer cognitive decline over time Cognitive loss and brain degeneration currently affect millions of adults, and the number will increase, given the population of aging baby boomers. Today, nearly 20 percent of people age 65 or older... (13 Feb 12) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 2 years 43 weeks ago
UCLA, Motion Picture and Television Fund join to establish new geriatric psychiatry unit The Motion Picture and Television Fund, the 90-year-old charity supporting members of Hollywood's entertainment industry, today announced a first-of-its-kind affiliation with the UCLA Health System an... (14 Feb 12) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 2 years 43 weeks ago
Hyperactivity in brain may explain multiple symptoms of depression Most of us know what it means when it's said that someone is depressed. But commonly, true clinical depression brings with it a number of other symptoms. These can include anxiety, poor attention and... (27 Feb 12) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 2 years 42 weeks ago
UCLA to launch unique, comprehensive Alzheimer's and dementia care program Alzheimer's disease affects an estimated 5.4 million people in the U.S., some 480,000 of them in California. Nearly half of all people 85 and older will be stricken with the disease. The overall bur... (14 Mar 12) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 2 years 39 weeks ago
Does the brain 'remember' antidepressants? Individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) often undergo multiple courses of antidepressant treatment during their lives. This is because the disorder can recur despite treatment and because fin... (26 Mar 12) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 2 years 38 weeks ago